NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
GERMAN SAMOAN DEPORTATIONS - June 1920.
PRISONERS OF WAR FROM SAMOA TO SOAMES ISLAND (WELLINGTON) - October 1914.
GERMAN INTERNEES FROM SAMOA - 1916
World War One Recruiting & Conscription in New Zealand
Following is a copy of a World War One form indicating that Army files included some held for over-age (or unfit?) men, who in 1918 were asked if they were prepared to join the Samoan Garrison and so free up men for the Fronts. These servicemen in Samoa or in Training Camps or Army HQ in New Zealand would not appear in the NZEF Rolls, but their Army file would be held in Archives Wellington and listed in Archway.
- As you are doubtless aware, one of the duties placed on New Zealand in this great war is to guard and hold Samoa, which our gallant New Zealand troops captured in 1914. On the other hand, every physically fit recruit is required on the Western Front or in the Near East, and this precludes us from utilising such men in purely garrison duty in Samoa. Your file discloses the fact that, with the exception of your age, you are otherwise apparently physically fit for military service abroad, and I make this appeal to you to volunteer your services for duty in Samoa. I am sure you would have proceeded on active service had the military medical authorities been able to accept you, and it has been decided to give you this opportunity of serving the Empire in her hour of need. If you can see your way clear to place your services at our disposal for Samoan garrison duty, I shall be glad to hear from you accordingly and will make arrangements for your medical examination. I enclose a form of application, which I shall be pleased to have completed and returned to me.
D. C. W. Cossgrove, Captain, Director of Recruiting."
(Return address Clarkson's Buildings, Inglewood Place Wellington. 5000 forms were printed in 7/18)
Thanks to John Wilson for this.
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